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Guardianship for adults with Down Syndrome

Guardianship is often appointed when a person is unable to properly care for themselves in Iowa due to being under the legal age or having a disability of some kind. Generally, it is designed to protect the person and not restrict his or her life. When it comes to those with Down Syndrome, it can often be difficult for parents to determine if guardianship is appropriate.

What you should know about guardianships

When people are unable to make important decisions regarding their finances, safety or medical treatment, they may need an appointed guardian to make decisions on their behalf. People who suffer from a mental illness, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, dementia or were born with a developmental disability may need a guardianship. Whether you are in need of a guardian or you wish to obtain a guardianship over another person, there are some things you should know about the process of establishing a guardianship in Iowa.

What is a guardian ad litem?

In some Iowa divorce cases, a judge who decides more information is needed before assigning custody may choose to employ the services of a guardian ad litem. Drake University states that this person is responsible for representing the child’s best interests in court. If you have had a guardian ad litem assigned to your case, there are certain things he or she will do that you need to be aware of.

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